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Guhyasamaja Tantra (7th century)

  • The experience of all-embracing connectedness

    The tantras - a group of ritual and mystical texts - are an important part of Vajrayana Buddhism. In the Guhyasamaja Tantra, “Tantra of the secret union”, a method of meditation is introduced for the first time which finds its expression in representations of Buddhas or deities in loving sexual union.

    The Guhyasamaja Tantra can be seen as a complex meditative process whose goal is the
    experience of all-embracing connectedness. This repeatedly includes our whole reality, our physical, linguistic and spiritual dimensions in all their aspects.

    In our process of becoming, we individualise ourselves continually and thus create an increasingly rigid separation between us and the “rest of the universe”. At the same time a process of internal separation takes place: by making decisions we split off parts of our own personality. Yet the yearning remains for the abolition of these external and internal separations, and a return into all-embracing connectedness.

    According to the teachings of the Guhyasamaja Tantra, a starting point for this becomingone-
    again is sexual union as joint meditation practice of the yogini and the yogi.

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